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### What Makes a Map be classed as Badly Designed?

A poorly designed map can not only look visually unappealing, but can convey the wrong message, which could lead to bad decisions being made. I would like to ask people to post examples (that are in ...
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### Is there a way to draw a straight line on a map which also represents a straight line on the earth surface?

I'm trying to understand more on projections. In this example, why must one calculate the curvature of the earth (great circle) if the map is already projected? Is there a way to draw a visibly ...
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### Calculating View Angle?

I am looking for the most accurate way of calculating the view angle (Azimuth, Elevation) from a reference point (my location) A to another point B. I have the Lat, Lon, and Altitude for each point. ...
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### Find tangent point on circle furthest east or west

There are few ways of articulating my question. It starts with a known circle on a sphere, i.e. a point-radius, and one that does not cover a pole. I would like to calculate the point furthest west ...
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### Measuring Angle of two Points from North in ArcGIS 10.3 C# SDK

What is the most reliable method to calculate angle of a line from north, defined by it’s from and to points? I used to use IMeasurementTool interface found in defense solutions namespace found in ...
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### Accuracy of planimetric geometry vs. ellipsoidal model

I'm examining the two geospatial options for IBM's DB2 database. In particular I am interested in the accuracy between these two options and whether it's worth it (the more accurate representation isn'...
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### What is a delta in lat/lon called?

What is the delta between two lat/lon pairs called? Delta degrees? Arcs? Is it some quantity of distance but what is its unit of measurement? And related: Can we use pythagoras to calculate this ...
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### How to place markers on the outline of a circle in google maps?

I have the center of a circle and it's radius and I need to place variable amount of markers on the outline/stroke of the circle. The distance between this markers should kept same, so if I have 8 ...
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### Is there a straightforward way to tweak LatLon on a sphere to represent true LatLon?

I have no experience in mapping, so please excuse me if this sounds foolish. I'm trying to use Microsoft MapPoint (2004) software to geocode a number of addresses in Excel. However, my version of ...
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### confused about distances on the wgs-84 ellipsoid

As far as I understand given a certain latitude the length of a degree of longitude is constant. So using any distance calculator (I use Mathematica here) this equals: (circumference of the earth) ...
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### Defining a line from geographic coordinate points.

On a flat surface we can define any point on line which passes from point1 (x1,y1) to point2 (x2,y2) via simple trigonometry. How can we do that with latitude and longitude of 2 points? Imagine we ...
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### What is the difference when measuring in units rather than meters?

I have a function that takes a point and compares it with lines that are stored in PostGIS and then gets the line closest to the point. Initially I did not transform the data because I did not think ...